Articles Romantic Getaways – Tahiti

My dive buddy was kicking along behind like a minnow following a whale. I bolted after them, kicking hard to catch up. Pulling alongside, I snapped photos as quickly as my strobes could recycle (and sometimes faster). The manta’s wingtip swept up and down within inches of my lens. He was out for a leisurely…


The Forgotten Paradise of the Solomon Islands

Diving with Bilikiki Cruises by Jack and Sue Drafahl When underwater photographers talk about the Pacific, one name always appears at the top of the wish list; The Solomon Islands. This cluster of more than 900 islands just east of Papua New Guinea is thick with the mystery and excitement of undiscovered diving treasures. In…


Secret Gardens

by Chris Newbert My first awareness of the Solomon Islands came when I was very young, from watching World War II movies on television. Bad actors in heroic roles fought bravely for victory on Guadalcanal. I had the vaguest comprehension back then of what the war was about, and it would be years before I…


Exploring Papua New Guinea’s Bismarck Sea and Beyond

Aboard the Febrina Text and Photography by Stephen Frink In August of 1996 I was able to fulfill one of my long time underwater photographic ambitions by diving in Papua New Guinea. This would be a significant trip in terms of time and travel expense and I wanted to make sure I made the right…


Delving into the Bismarck Sea

Exploring Virgin reefs Aboard Star Dancer Several months ago I was invited by Peter Hughes to join a very special live-aboard charter. It was to be an exploratory mission setting out from Papua New Guinea’s famed Walindi Plantation Resort, destined for dive sites around Rabaul;most seldom seen and many never before explored. The purpose of…


Papua New Guinea Splendor in the Bismark Sea

Day 1 The town of Rabaul, once considered the loveliest in all of Papua New Guinea, is in places still a somber war zone, buried under tons of deep, volcanic ash. Flat, featureless fields of gray are punctuated by upthrust ruin: here, the broken trunk of a coconut palm; there, concrete stairs of a collapsed…


True Adventure in Papua New Guinea

I was in Madang setting up my tripod at the foot of a waterfall when my tour guide—a tiny man wearing bones, beads, feathers and a loincloth—said quite urgently, “big rain come, we must go.” I looked up at gray, but not quite ominous clouds and said, “OK, five more minutes. ”  “No! Spirits say…


Beyond the Edge of the Blue World

by Lionel and Tally Pozzoli For years Lionel and Tally Pozzoli have explored the earth for places that compare to Papua New Guinea and its wild menagerie of underwater diversity. But the primal force of pure adventure always harkens them back. And with each trip they are rewarded with new discoveries for their logbooks and…


The New Fiji Aggressor

A FABULOUS LIVE-ABOARD FOR FABULOUS FIJI by Stan Waterman Cheeseburgers in Paradise. The refrain of the song, belted out by Jimmy Buffett, carries beyond us and is lost in the distant expanse of pale blue, flat-calm sea. Bahamians would call it an oily glass calm. A maddeningly delicious aroma emanates from the grill on the…


The Nai’a

A marvelous, magical tour of fabulous Fiji By Bonnie J. Cardone It was a glorious day when Nai’a unfurled her sails to run before the Fijian winds. One hundred twenty feet long, she’s very solid and sure in the water and, with only the wind to power her, she slipped silently through the seas. After…